Rosebank 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Release One
Stated Age
30 years old
refill sherry butts / refill bourbon hogshead
Number of bottles
48.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2020 11:51 am by Whisky_Addicted

Average value

€ 2426.49

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54 × member ratings

198 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rosebank 1990

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.94 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The king is dead, long live the king (of the Lowlands)!

    I think it is fair to say that Rosebank is in the top five of closed distilleries. This King of the Lowlands was shut down in 1993 and for the longest time it looked like it would never re-open. But then Ian MacLeod stepped in – which we know mostly from Glengoyne and Tamdhu – and announced in 2017 that they would bring Rosebank back. The renovations have started and in the run up to the reopening they will release some of the old stocks that were part of the deal in buying the name from Diageo. That it inself is quite exciting considering that they have only a few hundred casks left. This one matured for no less than 30 years and is aptly named Release One. It’s a vatting of refill sherry butts (62%) and refill bourbon hogsheads (38%), all put to sleep in 1990. Let’s sit down for a while with this one…

    The nose is very summery and fresh with lots of citrus fruit like lime and pomelo, but also nectarines and even a hint of papaya and grapefruit. But it doesn’t end there. I also get some Granny Smith, peach from a can and a soft note of freshly cut grass. But everything is so soft and elegant. Dorian Gray would have this in his cabinet, I’m sure…

    Ah, that first sip… oily, soft spices and even some woodsmoke, but again it’s all about elegance with nectarines, apples, citrus fruit by the bucket and some orange zest.

    Only in the finish do I get my first bitter note as if biting down on the pith of a grapefruit, but it only serves to provide perfect balance.

    Spirit-driven as we are used to from Rosebank, but this ons is very special indeed. The nose is just out of this world. The King is dead, long live the King! The price is hefty, sure. Between 1800 and 2400 EUR. But Bowmore or Highland Park of the same age are in the same price bracket, so I think it is a ‘fair’ price setting. And don’t forget: this is Rosebank, King of the Lowlands!

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    As elegant a nose as you'll probably ever encounter on a single malt, with a more vibrant and present palate. Great mixture between bourbon and sherry casks.
    • Nose
      Such a gentle, yet rich and lively malt. It's the vibrant citrus notes that stand out, with the loveliest of orange zest, but also some watermelon and notes of peach and nectarine. Finally some grapefruit. Then there's touches of sweet pastry, buttery Chardonnay and maybe even some charred oak in the background.
    • Taste
      Creamy, buttery, fruity and a gentle spiciness. Elegant fruits like nectarines, ripe apples and apricots but also candied almonds. Even a touch of smoke, although very much hidden and in the background. Finally some Port-stewed pears, cinnamon, cloves and oranges.
    • Finish
      Lingering fruits and soft spices. Medium in length.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. robbert88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Juicy nectarines, peach, pear, kiwi, grassy. Subtle some oak wood and some nail polish remover in the distance.
    • Taste
      Lots of fruit at first. Think of the fruits like nectarines and peach from the nose. Sweet and juicy fruit. A somewhat creamy taste / mouthfeel, cloves, pepper, slightly waxy and nuts.
    • Finish
      Again that oak, nuts, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, dry and something you can call "a trace of smoke"

  5. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A beguiling, enticing, full-bodied single malt appealing to all senses in perfect balance. After three decades of maturation in oak casks, the intoxicating fruit aromas dominate here, which present themselves in harmonious unity with the spicy notes from the wood. The oak remains discreetly in the background. A perfectly matured single malt that has lost none of its freshness, tangyness and liveliness after so many years of aging. Only one question remains: Why was this distillery closed in 1993 at all? Thank God it is currently being brought back to life!

    I thank Ian Macleod Distillers for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Surprisingly lively, fresh and fruity on the nose with yellow fruits, ripe pears, light grapes and some mango. Later ripe apples and banana are added, accompanied by vanilla ice cream, honey and a subtle caramel sweetness. In the background a spice mix of nutmeg, ginger and white pepper is noticeable. Only a little oak wood for the 30 years of maturation.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly powerful on the palate with a spicy warmth of nutmeg and white pepper. This is accompanied by sweet toffee, creamy vanilla and a lot of tropical fruits. Very well balanced with spicy oak and ginger aromas. In addition, a little bitter orange peel in the background. Silky smooth, creamy and spicy with a touch of nut towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long lasting and pleasantly warming with a floral note, some chamomile and mint. This is accompanied by slightly bitter orange notes and dry oak towards the end.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water very fruity and beguiling of tropical fruits, citrus fruits - limes and oranges. With creamy vanilla and oak in the background. Sweet and fruity on the palate with lively notes of orange lemonade. Accompanied by spicy aromas of oak, nutmeg, ginger and a touch of pepper. Creamy and slightly dry. The finish is still very long, slightly warming with notes of caramel, nutmeg, a hint of mint and drying oak.

  6. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A long time ago since I’ve had such a beautiful dram and definitely one of the better whiskies I have tasted this year. A very good Rosebank, which with its thirty years of age delivers exactly what you want from such an old dram. It’s still very vibrant, nowhere too oaky, but full of flavour and an abundance of tropical fruits.
    • Nose
      Very vibrant and fruity, especially for its age. Really good! Bananas, nectarines and peaches. A sweet grapefruit, followed by sweet somewhat overripe pears and mango. Later also a pinch of honey and caramel fudge. A faint hint of charred oak as well.
    • Taste
      Again very fruity and quite elegant. Pears and sweet apples. But also nectarines. There is a lovely layer of creme brulee, giving it a creamy texture. Then it goes towards spices, leaving the creamy texture behind. White pepper, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. A little bit of toffee and a touch of charred oak again.
    • Finish
      Long with the same spices and somewhat oaky. Some fruits in the background.

  7. JimHennaert scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Beautiful dram.
    I was lucky to get a small sample and enjoyed every drop of is. Hope to try it again one day
    A beautiful nose full of tropical fruits, floral notes and some cereal dipped in fresh milk.
    On the palate vanilla, pastry butter cream, tropical fuits and soft spices like cinnamon,...
    Along lingering floral finish at first with some orange peel bitterness in the end.

  8. Rien scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great Rosebank.
    Light, tender and full of roses.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88


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